The Atlas Obscura Guide To Edinburgh
167 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland
Updated May 25, 2023
Unusual Attractions in Edinburgh
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Crowds clog Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the main artery between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The road is dotted with stores selling Nessie trinkets and lined with bagpipers and street performers pulling off dazzling tricks. But look beyond the tartan tourist traps, and you’ll discover tucked-away gardens, remnants of the city’s medieval past, and much more.
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Stories About Edinburgh
Explore This Map of More Than 3,000 Scottish Witches
An Edinburgh University project uses data to track the victims of Scottish "witch-prickers" in the 16th and 17th centuries.
by Frank Jacobs, Big Think
Why 18th-Century Scots Performed Mock Human Sacrifices Over Cake
This May Day, make Beltane bannock, a simple snack with a long history of superstition and divination.
by Sam O'Brien
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The Extraordinary Life of the Freed Slave Who Taught Darwin Taxidermy
John Edmonstone was a mentor to the budding teenage naturalist.
by Sabrina Imbler